Below is my column in the Hill newspaper on why the most creative and productive individuals are often disfavored in our modern confirmation system. With the announcement of the new nominee this evening by President Donald Trump, we will have the state of a counterintuitive process that favors those who are the least forthcoming or open about their views.
Here is the column:
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Environmentalists and mainstream media finally got their wish. EPA head Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. According to The New York Times, Pruitt cited unrelenting attacks on me personally in his resignation letter as the primary reason for his stepping down.
Despite the many scandals that clouded his leadership, the victory lap the political Left and media are performing for taking Scott Pruitt out, will be short lived. As it turns out, Scott Pruitt’s assistant, Andrew Wheeler, is now acting EPA Chief and he is more adept at navigating the EPA bureaucracy than his predecessor. Quoting The New York Times:
Washington insiders describe Mr. Wheeler as well positioned to pursue Mr. Trump’s agenda as effectively as Mr. Pruitt, or even more so, by moving more slowly but in ways likelier to withstand legal challenge.
“Andrew is one of the most well-known, well-respected policy…
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Julie Anne Genter sounded a ministerial warning to the private sector over the numbers of women on boards. If companies don’t raise the percentage from around 19%, she said on a Q+A interview, “then we might have to start thinking about ways government can incentivise them”.
She would consider using whatever tools would be most effective at motivating change while ensuring against any perverse consequences.
Blogger Ele Ludemann, at Homepaddock, expressed the concerns – if not dismay – that will be harboured by anyone bothered by the excessive intrusion of the state in what we do, what we say, what we think, and how we run our businesses.
Company directors are elected by shareholders in the private sector, she pointed out,
“ … and what she’s saying suggests that the government might come up with something that would interfere with their right to elect who they want.”
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An article in The Times (Can Jared Kushner sell a peace deal without the Palestinians?, July 5th) by Anshel Pfeffer and Catherine Philp included, as a bit of historical context on the new US peace plan, a list of “Failed Peace Attempts” going back to 1919:
Failed attempts at peace
1919: The Faisal-Weizmann Agreement tried to settle disputes that emerged during the First World War, but the momentary peace was short-lived and the agreement was ultimately unsuccessful.
1949: The Armistice Agreements ended the official conflicts of the Arab-Israeli War of 1948 and established relative peace between Israel and the West Bank until the Six-Day War of 1967.
1978: The Camp David Accords were signed by Egypt’s President Sadat and the Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and witnessed by President Carter. The Accords led to the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty of 1979.
1991: The Madrid Conference hosted by the Spanish government, aided by the US…
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